Clark told The Star on Thursday afternoon that Grass will be an offensive assistant, pending the completion of paperwork. An Oxford player who attended a team meeting earlier in the day told The Star on Thursday that Grass told the team he was leaving.
Attempts Thursday to reach Grass for this story were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Oxford schools Superintendent Jeff Goodwin also were unsuccessful. One Oxford administrator, however, was tentative in discussing Grass’ departure.
"There's nothing official yet as far as resignation, but the thing that is going on is what everyone already knows," Oxford Athletic Director Larry Davidson said.
Clark spoke up on early Thursday afternoon, addressing the rumors that have buzzed around the area since before Oxford let students out for the winter break last month.
“I think that’s a guy we can discuss because he’s already spoken to his team this morning, we’re just waiting on paperwork,” Clark said about Grass.
Clark addressed Oxford officials hesitance by saying Grass was likely just being careful.
“The hard thing is you shouldn’t resign a position for a job that’s not official, you’d be smart not to do that,” Clark said.
The speculation was cleared up for the football players at 7 a.m. when Grass announced he was going to take the job at Jacksonville State during a meeting that included players and assistant coaches.
“He just said he’s been wanting to move up into college and he’s been waiting on that opportunity and that’s pretty much why he took the job,” Oxford senior wide receiver Joe McGuire said. “He said that he’d always be our coach and that he loves each and every one of us and if we ever need anything, we can call him and he won’t be too far away.”
Davidson added everyone at Oxford will wish Grass well in his new position.
“John is a great person,” Davidson said. “Nobody at any level of schools here would want to hinder an opportunity that he has or anybody else has.”
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